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Vietnam, the communist country that supports Trump

By Eric San Juan

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Nov 3 (efe-epa).- Although governed by the Communist Party since its reunification in 1975, Vietnam is one of the few countries openly in favor of a Donald Trump victory in the United States presidential elections Wednesday.

The Republican candidate, who is seeking a second term in the White House, is preferred by 80 percent of Vietnamese people, according to numerous surveys.

“I like Trump because of his strong leadership. He always gives a strong feeling of decisiveness, a ‘dare to do’ attitude. Lots of Vietnamese like a strong-traditional leader. It reflects our desires for change as well,” Anh Vu, a business-owner with a degree in international relations tells Efe.

Vu’s opinion is shared by the majority of Vietnamese, according to a raft of online questionnaires conducted by newspapers in the lead up to the presidential vote.

Chuong Chung, professor of Asian American Studies at the City College of San Francisco says one of the reasons for Trump’s popularity among the Vietnamese is down to his sharp rhetoric against China, which has a hostile historical relationship with Vietnam.

“Many Vietnamese think that if you are the enemy of my enemy then you are my friend,” the academic says.

“But they are not well informed, they see Trump saying strong words against China. Other predecessors also took measures against China but they used diplomacy, like sanctioning, they were more diplomatic.”

Chung believes the Vietnamese value US military presence in the disputed South China Sea over Trump’s tough tone against Beijing.

Vietnam and China are locked in a territorial dispute over the Spratly and Paracel Islands in the region.

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